The pearl of the Dalmatian Coast, Zadar is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations. Its strategic location fronting the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea guarantees beach bums with numerous stunning beaches that are just perfect for a fun day out. Its neighboring small islands…
The pearl of the Dalmatian Coast, Zadar is one of Croatia’s most popular destinations. Its strategic location fronting the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea guarantees beach bums with numerous stunning beaches that are just perfect for a fun day out. Its neighboring small islands and verdant nature escapes provide outdoor enthusiasts with a vast playground to explore. And, of course, its charming old city offers avid sightseers with plenty of historical attractions to discover and enjoy. There are just so man things to do and places to visit in the area that you will surely have a full itinerary when spending your vacation in Zadar, Croatia.
Getting to Zadar is quite easy because it is accessible by air, sea or the highway. Its airport is about 6 miles northeast of the center and makes for a short flight from other major Croatian cities. You can also take the train but do note that the city’s railway is not integrated with the main routes; so, prepare for several train changes – taking between 5-9 hours travel time one way – before you reach the area from the top destinations of Split and Zagreb. Bus alternatives are faster and more efficient but if you love to the scenic route, then go take a ferry to enjoy the beautiful scenery you will pass along the way.
Zadar is divided into several districts. The Old Town peninsula is the most popular because it has the highest concentration of historical landmarks in the county, home to the bustling shopping street of Siroka and boasts of a picturesque waterfront promenade. East of the old town lies Kolovare, an atmospheric section of the city and its tree-lined pathways are ideal for a late afternoon stroll. Other popular districts include Puntamika and Arbanasi which are famous for Neolithic ruins while the areas of Borik and Diklo sizzle with a profusion of hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars – thanks to the string of beaches located onsite.
Zadar is a fortified city so it is not surprising that one of its famous landmarks is a massive wall entryway – the Land Gate – which is a popular icon of the Venetian rule with its triumphal arch and elaborate carved motifs. Zadar is also a city of churches and you can find one nearby wherever you find yourself in the city. Some of the most popular religious monuments in the area include the 12th century Romanesque Cathedral of St. Anastasia with its exquisite frescoes, intricate carvings and early Christian mosaics on display. Its belfry is definitely worth the climb for the breathtaking views it affords. The austere St. Donatusí Church is also a big historical attraction because it dates back to the 9th century. It is also a popular concert venue because of the excellent acoustics produced by its impressive architecture.